East Union's sophomore boys basketball team held off Weston Ranch 54-48 in the first round of the Block M Tournament hosted by Manteca High.
Brooke Riley had the type of season that many high school seniors would be satisfied with.
Weston Ranch's Dylan Alexander burned Ripon from the perimeter in the first half, and Daiveon Leverett wore down the Indians from the paint in the second.
TRACY - There are still kinks to work out but little time left for Manteca High's girls basketball team to do so before it begins its defense of a Valley Oak League title share.
First it was the talented Kimball High standout Pyper Brown who kept Vannida Nguyen from capturing the Valley Oak League singles championship as a sophomore. The following year, it was surprising Ly Hoang of Weston Ranch who got in her way.
RIPON - Curtis Bernard took a few seconds to measure his shot from the right wing with a defender squared up in front of him.
TRACY - The Manteca and Lathrop boys basketball teams got a taste of what's to come on Thursday as they prepare to square off against each other in their Valley Oak League opener.
TRACY - If Manteca High's boys basketball team was to play Livingston 10 times this season, chances are that all of those games would go down to the wire.
TRACY - Lathrop High was in good shape leading Downey 17-4 early in the second quarter of their Tracy/West Winter Holiday Classic contest.
LATHROP - Ripon High girls basketball coach George Contente wasn't entirely pleased with his team's 51-35 win at Lathrop Tuesday.
Manteca High's girls basketball team finally showed what it can do with its full complement of available players on Tuesday.
Sierra's girls basketball team led after every quarter, but an 18-9 run from Ceres left the Timberwolves with their third straight nonleague defeat on Monday, 42-37.
The Luu sisters of Riverbank played every minute, while East Union's Vezaldenos siblings had trouble staying on the court.
Manteca High's boys basketball team couldn't slow down Ashur Athneil, and Johansen held off the Buffaloes to win Monday's opening-round contest 53-46 in the Tracy/West Winter Holiday Classic.
Defense and rebounding has long been the staple of Sierra's success, but so far this season the offense has been inconsistent.
Six of the seven Sac-Joaquin Section postseason qualifiers from the area will get to enjoy home-field advantage in the opening round next week.
There isn't an easy path to the finals for the three league titlists from the Manteca area.
Syd'Nee Fryer made visits to a handful of NCAA Division I schools, but she found a home in Southern Oregon.
For all that Tydus Verhoeven and Loretta Kakala have accomplished in their four years as varsity basketball standouts, a Valley Oak League title had eluded ...
Manteca dominated from start to finish, but Noelle Smith and visiting Lathrop made the Buffaloes work for their 3-1 win in their annual Kicking for ...
Tydus Verhoeven crouched down into a defensive stance and clapped his hands as if to say, "Bring it on!" at one point in the fourth ...
LATHROP - The Sac-Joaquin Section's recommendation of moving Lathrop High out of the Valley Oak League and into a new-look Western Athletic Conference held up ...
East Union nearly forfeited the game on its own senior night Wednesday.
Jenna Zuniga won't soon forget this Christmas present.
RIPON - A win was as good as a tie for Hilmar at Ripon's Stouffer Field on Monday.
Gyse Hulsebosch hit NBA-range 3-pointers, fall-away jumpers along the baseline and nearly everything else in between.
Manteca and Sierra were desperate for a win when they met at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian can't use the same old excuses when it keeps on winning.
Sierra made the most of its few chances but was ultimately outgunned by Oakdale in a 3-2 Valley Oak League loss at Daniel Teicheira Memorial ...
It played out as a "Can you top this?" moment, but Manteca sharpshooter Dwight Young insists that wasn't the case.